Hacks, scams, cybercriminals, malware, make the internet feel like a dangerous place. The good news is that by taking just a few security measures, we can greatly reduce our exposure to all these threats. Here are 5 ways to stay safe online to help get you started:
1. Use strong passwords.
Creating strong, unique passwords for all your accounts is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. We advise using a password manager to help you store and create strong passwords for all of your accounts. Check to see if your online accounts offer multi-factor authentication and enable this to ensure maximum safety.
2. Boost your network security.
A firewall ensures that all devices connected to your network are secured, including internet devices, such as smart thermostats and webcams. Moreover, many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. So be careful.
3. Be click smart.
Spam emails, “Free” offers, click bait, and online quizzes, use tactics to entice users to click on dangerous links or give up their personal information. Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true or ask for too much information.
4. Be a selective sharer.
These days, there are a lot of opportunities to share our personal information online and on social media. As a result, you should be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to your identity information.
5. Protect your mobile.
Our mobile devices can be just as vulnerable to online threats as our laptops. However, be careful where you click, don’t respond to messages from strangers and only download apps from official app stores ensuring to read other users’ reviews first. Moreover, your security software should be enabled on all your devices.
Most importantly, keep all of your software updated so you have the latest security patches; turn on automatic updates on your computer, tablet, and mobile phone so you don’t have to think about it. Make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans. Through the use of these preventive measures and following just a few basic internet safety rules, you can ensure protection from identity theft and malware and keep your personal and financial information secure.
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